Meridian Township bans outdoor burning, DNR warns of fire dangers statewide

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The warmer weather is being welcomed by a lot of people.

It’s also triggering a burning ban in Meridian Township until further notice.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, which stays in effect until 8:00 p.m.Monday.

That means weather conditions are right for fires, specifically the combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

The threat is at such a level that Meridian Township has called for a burning ban.

“This ban affects all current Recreational Fire Permits and Rural Residential Permits.  New permits will not be issued until after the ban is lifted,” said Tavis Millerov, Meridian Township Fire Inspector.

The burning ban applies to all types of burning within Meridian Township including:
• Recreational Fire Pits
• Rural Residential Open Burning
• Fireworks, Sparklers, etc. 

Residents should be careful with any activities that could potentially lead to a wildfire such as camping, outdoor grills, smoking materials, chain saws and all-terrain vehicles. 

Dry, windy spring weather has put much of the Lower Peninsula at high risk for wildfires, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Areas of highest concern are southwest Michigan to the top of the northern Lower Peninsula.

Fire danger also is elevated from southeast Michigan to the top of the Thumb.

Some precipitation set to move in this evening is expected to help with the dry conditions.

Learn more about specific fire danger by region, or find fire prevention tips.  

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